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Want the chance to buy a proper Del-Boy car?

Thursday, 9th November, 2017 9:17am

The iconic, yellow Reliant Regal three-wheeler from ‘Only Fools and Horses’ has been consigned by Silverstone Auctions to its two-day classic car sale at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the Birmingham NEC on 11 and 12 November.

A star of the legendary BBC series, the 1968 Reliant Regal is one of the most recognisable and loved classic cars of the small screen, transporting Del Boy and Rodney on their many riotous adventures in the smash-hit comedy.

BWC 94F was used in the 2002 Christmas special, ‘If They Could See Us Now’, and also featured in the BBC DVD ‘The Story of Only Fools and Horses’ as well as in several issues of the fanzine Hookie Street.

"Del Boy’s Reliant Regal is one of the most distinctive cars of BBC comedy history. ‘Only Fools and Horses’ has a fan base spanning several generations and is something of a British treasure, so to have the van from the series for auction is a real treat which will no doubt draw the crowds," explained Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions.

Today the van appears exactly as it did on screen, complete with tiger print plush interior and ‘Trotters Independent Trading Co’ decals. Accessories including a Tax in Post window notice, nodding tiger, roof rack with suitcase, set of furry dice, personalised rubber foot mats and a set of blow-up plastic dolls.

With a reconditioned engine, a full synchromesh gearbox, a remote control key start, a DVD player and cassette radio, and even a smoke machine which emits smoke from the exhaust, it will be offered at the auction with no reserve.

"Disregarding its TV provenance, it's probably that most reliable example of this marque that you will find and has even participated in the London to Brighton rally in 2001 and 2004," concluded Nick.

With 71,778 miles recorded, the van is supplied with its original owners handbook, an MOT until 9 June 2018 and letters in the history file from the BBC which confirm its authenticity.

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